Round-Up: NYE 2021 celebrations around UAE


The key to marking New Year’s Eve 2021 is celebrating safely.

The Dubai government has issued guidelines for revelers to protect themselves and the community, including wearing face masks and observing social distancing. Failure to wear a face mask carries a fine of AED 3,000.

With no further ado, let’s have a look at just some of the attractions on offer around the emirates.


Dubai is all set to celebrate New Year’s Eve with no fewer than 36 fireworks displays at 29 locations and diverse world-class entertainment.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the entertainment epicenter, celebrating numerous global time zones across 13 hours of festivities. Expo’s site-wide New Year’s celebrations will begin at 3pm on Friday 31 December and last until 4am Saturday. 

Standout must-sees include superstar DJs Dimitri Vegas and Armin Van Buuren. At midnight Expo will have a ‘ball drop’ at Al Wasl Plaza, as well as two separate fireworks displays at midnight and 3am. 

To celebrate both the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and New Year’s Eve the Burj Khalifa will present their much-anticipated fireworks at the world’s tallest tower with an electrifying laser act synched perfectly to the choreographed water show at The Dubai Fountain.

More ideas at Visit Dubai.


In the nation’s capital, fireworks will be at the Corniche, Al Maryah Island, Yas Island, Emirates Palace, Qaryat Al Beri, Al Ain, Madinat Zayed and Al Wathba.

Al Maryah Island will host the biggest celebration in the capital, with live performances from ‘Father of Mediterranean Music’, Amr Diab and ‘Queen of Stage’, Myriam Fares building up to the New Year countdown.

Bollywood’s most soulful singer Atif Aslam returns to the Etihad Arena at Yas Island.

More Abu Dhabi NYE ideas


Sharjah will celebrate with a spectacular 10-minute-long fireworks shows to count down the New Year in two locations: along the Al Majaz Waterfront and on the east coast’s Khorfakkan Beach.

Al Noor Island is offering a dining experience by the tranquil lagoon waters with views of the Al Majaz fireworks, outside the hustle and bustle of the city.

For a desert adventure and camping experience, the picturesque Mleiha Archaeological centre is offering live performances including the traditional Tanoura Dance, Fire Dance, and guitar session. Guests can spend the night in the magical desert of Mleiha in the specially set up camps with bonfires.

The Ajman Saray is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner with various DJ beats and surprise performances.

Ras Al Khaimah is preparing  to clinch two world records for ‘Most Remote Operated Multirotors/Drones Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and secondly the ‘Highest Altitude Multirotor/Drone Firework Display.’ 

Campers are welcomed from Thursday, 30 December, from 3 pm until post the celebrations on Saturday, January 1, 2022. On stage entertainment, food trucks, kids areas, market area, and DJs will be spread out between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra Village area. 

More details are at


The west coast hub is home to several grand affairs. The Great Gatsby - New Year's Eve Gala Dinner is being held at the InterContinental Fujairah Resort.  

Al Maeda is hosting a NYE Gala Dinner, while the Novotel is holding a Masquerade Ball, if incognito is more your style, with a DJ set throughout the celebration by DJ Firas, DJ Philip and DJ Kunny.

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